Whether you’re busy as ever or bored as hell for the summer, there’s no better time than the present to start a bucket list. You want to enjoy the little time you have off to the fullest extent before you go back to school. So here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Get out in the sun and exercise
We all know how difficult it is to try to do this at school with all the stuff you have to do. Now that the weather is nice, why not take advantage of it? This could be anything such as swimming, riding a bike, tennis, kayaking/canoeing, baseball, running, surfing…anything!
2. Take a mini vacation
Why not get in your car with friends and family for the weekend and drive to a nearby state? If you want to go to Six Flags or the Jersey Shore then New Jersey is where you should go. Or if you want to go to Coney Island and Montauk than Long Island is for you. See Cape Cod in Massachusetts, or Disney/Universal Studios in Florida. Do something different for July 4th weekend!
3. See your friends from college
This is hard to do especially when school is out or over because a lot of times your friends could live far away in different states. So make sure you see them over the summer so your friendship stays stronger than ever. Stay at each other’s houses or go and take a mini road trip.
4. Go to see an outdoor concert
This is really fun to do because there are many different concerts to see in the summer. Try a festival like Firefly, Bamboozle, Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, Taste of Country, or Bethel Woods. And there are also great outdoor concert spaces, like the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach or even Central Park. And if you want to check to see if your favorite bands are in town, download the app Bandsintown and it will tell you all the local and recommended concerts around your area.
5. Go to a carnival or street fair
This is probably one of the funnest things to look forward to in the summer. You remember those make shift carnivals that you see on the side of the road. Winning a stuffed animal or a fish, going on multiple rides, eating cotton candy (yum!). Go with friends, family, or even on a date. And if you live in New York, check out the website nycarinvals.com to find where a carnival is taking place every weekend.
6. Relax at the beach
Who doesn’t love going to the beach in the summer? The wind in your hair, the sand in your toes, and the smell of salt water all around you. There’s plenty of things to do here, like build a sandcastle, get a volleyball game started, surf, or just lie down and tan.
7. Grow a garden
If you have a patch of land in your backyard or a community garden in your town, summer is the best time to grow a garden. It is so much healthier for you to grow your own fruits and vegetables than buying them, and in the summer you can grow watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, lettuce, etc.
8. Read a good book
Definitely check out this article to help you decide what book you might want to read.
9. Make a good drink
Make a smoothie of all you favorite fruits and vegetables and blend them together. How about mango and pineapple? Or strawberry and banana? Google different smoothies recipes, write down/print out your favorites, and make some for you and your family. Or if you’re over 21, make a good summer cocktail. Make your own sangria or mojitos, or put some liquor into an arnold palmer. Try different flavored vodkas like watermelon, and pair it with some juice.
10. Make a fort outside
This is cool to do in your backyard and there are many things you could do. You could catch some fireflies, stargaze, watch a movie, toast marshmellows, and tell scary stories.
11. Have a water-balloon fight
Water-balloon fights are super fun to do especially with little kids. If you babysit over the summer, what better way to cool off if you don’t have a pool. Just buy some water balloons at the dollar store, fill them up and put them into different buckets. And run around outside the house trying to get each other.
12. Make a photobook
Shutterfly is an awesome site to do this. Get all your photos together on your computer, upload them to a page and customize it. They have really good discounts and if you sign up for their email they occasionally will send you an offer for a free photobook. Or make a cookbook with your favorite dishes and new recipes online that you want to try out.
13. Fly a kite
Quite literally, buy a kite at a convenience store for a few bucks, go to a nearby park, the beach, or somewhere windy, and run against the wind. Your kite will be soaring in no time!
14. Have a garage sale
If you want to get rid of a lot of junk, sell it and have a garage sale. It’s an easy way to make some extra cash. And with the stuff you don’t sell you can donate to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or the Lupis Foundation. Some will even come to your house to pick it up!
15. Draw with chalk
I’m serious! Buy some sidewalk chalk and decorate your driveway or sidewalk. This is fun to do even as a college student. I swear, it can be very relaxing with some music.
16. Go see an outdoor movie
Sure, movie theaters are fun, but drive in movie theaters are twice as cool! There are not many nearby, but you can Google “drive in movie theater” and your zip code and see what you find. If you don’t have luck with that, there are outdoor movies in New York City near Chelsea in the summer. Definitely make a trip to go, it’s free! OR, get a projector, projector screen, and blankets and have your own outdoor movie with friends.
17. Make your own ice cream
Buy a kit at TJMaxx or Home Goods or find a recipe online to make your own ice cream. Or get a popsicle tray and make your own popsicles. Or make snow cones with a snow cone maker.
There are many places who need some help, such as camps for the handicapped, a local animal shelter, or even an environmental cleanup project!
19. Watch a TV series
Go on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu and find a TV series you always wanted to watch at college but never had the time. Make some time a few days of the week, watch some episodes, and get caught up with a series. I highly recommend Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Chopped, or House Hunters.
20. Go to an amusement park
There’s so many places to go to! Try Six Flags Great Adventure, Splish Splash, Hershey Park, and Busch Gardens – they’re all a short drive away. And some might have some discounts! Try to go when they are least busy, like on a weekday.
21. Tie dye
Get a kit at Michael’s and tie dye some plain white sheets. Make sure to wash them once if you buy them new!